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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (March 1, 2015)
diversity conference, Warner perfect pass rate, business plan competition, RPO discounts, 'transcending tragedy' talk, conflict-prevention workshop



Registration Open for Annual Diversity Conference

On Friday, April 17, representatives from across the University will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2015 Diversity Conference: “From Bystander to Ally.” The keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist. Visit the conference website to learn more about the keynote and the 18 workshops planned for the day. The conference is free and open to the public.

Teacher Education Graduates Have Perfect Pass Rate

Graduates of the the Warner School's teacher education programs for the 2013–14 year achieved a 100 percent pass rate on new state-required teacher certification assessments. Read more...

Faculty Member, Alumna Team Up for CD, Tour, Teaching

Pianist Dariusz Terefenko, associate professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School, and alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino ’14E have lined up international performances, lectures, and classes this spring—including performances with Marcelo Pinto ’15E (DMA) in Brazil. The international appearances are the highlights of a spring schedule that also has the pair holding a Rochester CD release event on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Sproull Atrium in Eastman’s Miller Center, doing a residency at SUNY Oswego, playing at St. Peter’s Church in New York City, and performing at Rochester Institute of Technology. Read more...

Fellowship to Support Research on Religion and Incarceration

Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to study connections between religion and mass incarceration. Read more...

Got a Business Idea? Enter the Finger Lakes Regional Contest

The Finger Lakes Regional Contest of the New York Business Plan Competition submission deadline is Sunday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m. Send your idea to in one of six categories:  biotechnology/healthcare, energy/sustainability, information technology/software, nanotechnology/advanced technology, products/services, and social entrepreneurship/non-profit. A two-page written application is required to enter (a full business plan is not necessary). Regional semifinalists will be invited to present their business ideas at St. John Fisher College the evening of Wednesday, April 8. Then, the Finger Lakes winners will go head-to-head with finalists from across the state for a chance to win $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes on April 24 in Albany. The competition is open to currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from any discipline. Visit the website to learn more and download the application. There is no fee to enter and winners do not give up any equity.

University Bookstore Adjusts Hours for March 1

The Barnes & Noble store at College Town will open at noon on Sunday, March 1, and close at 8 p.m. to conduct inventory.

RPO Offers Discounts for Upcoming Performances

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra offers $10 tickets to students for upcoming shows, including Hadelich Plays Dvorak on March 5 and 7 and Denzal Sinclaire Sings the Nat King Cole Songbook on March 20 and 21. Visit for a complete listing of available student tickets.

Head Counselor Sought for Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs are summer residential academic programs for high school students. The Pre-College Programs office is seeking one graduate head counselor who will oversee the residential building, assist with the hiring and supervision of the undergraduate staff team, and gain experience with program planning. A full job description and application can be found here. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 6.

Women's Networking Breakfast in NYC over Spring Break

All women affiliated with the University are invited to join members of the NY Metro Women’s Group for their monthly networking breakfast on Wednesday, March 11, at Le Pain Quotidien in New York City. The "Dutch treat" (pay for whatever you order) breakfast provides an opportunity for alumnae and students to get to know one another, as well as to share resources and support in a relaxed atmosphere. Advance registration is required. Read more...

This Week


Human Rights Activist to Speak On Transcending Tragedy

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize–nominee Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician and a human rights and peace activist, will present "Transcending Loss, Tragedy, and the Impasse of Self-righteous Hatred" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Interfaith Chapel sanctuary on the River Campus. The talk will also be streamed live at

Talk: How Data Science Benefits Society

Eric Horvitz, distinguished machine learning researcher, American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, and managing director of Microsoft Research, will talk about how data science is being used to advance the good of society. His presentation, “Data, Predictions, and Decisions in Support of People and Society,” starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. The talk will also be streamed live at A reception with lunch will follow from noon to 1 p.m.

Citation Clinic Offered by River Campus Libraries

Need help citing resources for your class or research, or understanding the difference between MLA and APA? Attend a citation clinic on Tuesday, March 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Carlson Library. You will learn about the tools (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley) available for keeping track of your resources and for creating bibliographies.

Lecture Examines Jocelin of Furness and His Ecclesiastical Audience

Lindsay Irvin, the current Helen Ann Robbins Fellow, will present her research on Jocelin of Furness, the Cistercian monk, on Tuesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the Robbins Library (Rush Rhees 416). The lecture will examine how Jocelin tailored his work on the lives of saints to an ecclesiastical audience. Irvin is working toward a PhD from the University of Toronto. Read more...

Conflict Prevention and Management Workshop

Conflict is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be feared or unpleasant. Katherine Schaefer from the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program will present a workshop on preventing and managing conflict for graduate students from Arts, Sciences & Engineering on Thursday, March. 5. The program will run from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Collins Room (G335) in Gleason Hall. RSVP by March 3 using the online form or by emailing

Neilly Lecture Explores History of Female Circumcision

The River Campus Libraries’ Neilly Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with Sarah Rodriguez, lecturer in medical humanities at Northwestern University. Rodriguez is the author of Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment. She will discuss the medical use and cultural understanding of female circumcision as therapy to curb and enhance sexual expression. She will be introduced by Theodore Brown, professor of history and medical humanities, and the Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy. The lecture will be held in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

International Women's Day Trip to Seneca Falls

Women's History Month is approaching again and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies will be taking its annual International Women's Day field trip to the National Women's Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls on Friday, March 6. See the site of the first U.S. women's rights convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spoke, tour the museum, or stop in and shop at Women Made Products. The trip is free and includes transportation, admission, and lunch. Registration is open to the University community. RSVP to by Monday, March 2. Note: if you RSVP you are required to attend the trip as all expenses are prepaid.

Rochester In The News


A Wrong Note Sets the Right Mood in House of Cards

NPR (Feb. 27)
As House of Cards returns to Netflix queues around the country, the Emmy-winning series about the Machiavellian machinations of Washington politics will be propelled by a distinctive score. That music is the work of composer Jeff Beal ’85E, whose rÉsumÉ also includes the television series CarnivÀle and Monk, and documentaries such as Blackfish.
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